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Supermoon 2017: This weekend's moon is the biggest of the year

02 December 2017

Still, Sunday's supermoon - a non-scientific term that refers to when a full moon coincides with its perigee, the point in its orbit when it makes its closest approach to Earth - should appear larger and brighter than usual.

The first (and last) "supermoon" of 2017 is on its way, finally giving eager moonwatchers a chance to catch the rare celestial spectacle up close and personal. Additionally, some folktales note that if there is a snow storm during the Cold Full Moon, the snow will stop by the time the moon rises, which is good news for those who want to view the supermoon. The moon will look bigger when it is near the horizon and framed with a building or object on the foreground.

During the moon's closest pass by Earth, it will be just 225,744 miles (36,3299 kilometres) away.

The distance between the moon and Earth constantly changes.

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When the supermoon is at its most noticeable, it can be up to 14% closer to us than when it's at apogee - the farthest distance from Earth it gets.

A full moon at perigee can be up to 14 percent larger in diameter than a full moon at apogee. While I lived here, I witnessed some of the most incredible moon rises I've ever seen in my life, and each month I was completely moonstruck while watching these otherworldly full moon ascensions.

The supermoon on November 14, 2016 was at a distance of 221,526 miles. However, if you watch a supermoon is when it's low, near the horizon, you can fully appreciate this rare moment in space and time.

Part of it depends on where you're viewing the supermoon.

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Bill Ingalls, a NASA photographer, says that those capturing the event through their smartphones have to focus on the correct light balance. "Then slide your finger up or down to darken or lighten the exposure".

Qatar residents have a good chance of seeing the supermoon and do not need any astronomical instruments for this objective, according to noted astronomer Dr Beshir Marzouk.

"The supermoon gets headlines because the moon's a little bigger and a little brighter, but people get frustrated that they can't always tell the difference".

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Supermoon 2017: This weekend's moon is the biggest of the year